This course, offered in partnership between USIP and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), presents an overview of essential principles in design, monitoring, and evaluation practice. It defines the process of crafting a theory of change and key data collection methods.

Generation Change program in Kenya. Photo courtesy of USIP.
Generation Change program in Kenya (USIP)

Course Overview & Key Objectives

By the end of this micro-course, participants will be able to achieve the following objectives:

  • Define and distinguish between monitoring and evaluation;
  • Describe how to develop sound theories of change for peacebuilding programs;
  • Identify how to develop quality evaluation questions and data collection methods; and
  • Identify practical tips to overcome common DM&E challenges

Overview Video

Click on the video below for an overview of the course.

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Section 1 – Introduction to DM&E

Introduces monitoring and evaluation and the importance of both.

Section 2 – Terms and Definitions

Discusses the difference between monitoring and evaluation, as well as describes the purpose of a problem statement in the process.

Section 3 – Theories of Change

Defines a theory of change and explains how one is crafted.

Section 4 – Data Collection Methods

Describes the numerous ways in which data can be collected.

Section 5 - Implementation Tips

Provides useful tips for the DM&E process.

Section 6 - Quiz

Assesses your understanding and retention of key terms, concepts, and ideas presented in this course.

Section 7 - Reflections

Allows you to share what you have learned and read what others have learned from this course and how these skills and knowledge will impact the work we do.

Section 8 - Post-Course Survey

Allows you to share your feedback with us in order to improve the course experience.

Instructors and Guest Experts


  • Andy Blum, Executive Director, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego
  • Caty Clement, Associate Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • Ray Rist, Co-Creator and Co-Director, International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET)

Guest Experts

  • Joseph Hewitt, Vice President for Policy, Learning and Strategy, United States Institute of Peace
  • Ted Paterson, Independent Consultant, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining
  • Michael Zanchelli, Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace

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